Creative Clay depends on our community supporters.

Jan. 25, 2017

As Creative Clay enters its 22nd year serving the Tampa Bay area through programs that make the arts accessible to all, the non-profit is looking to the future with an impending move, enhancement and expansion of programming, and the launch of a capital campaign.

“The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future,” is in full swing as Creative Clay prepares to move its headquarters this June from St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District. This new space boasts an additional 1000 square feet more than their current location, allowing them to expand their Community Arts Program to serve individuals currently on a waiting list.

Donations to Creative Clay’s capital campaign will allow for increased quality programming, improved execution of services and an enhanced creative space that meets the needs of its artists. Goals for “The 2017 Project” include:

  • Achieve a 100% matching challenge to an anonymous $25,000.00 donation.
  • Increase the amount of individuals the non-profit can serve as a result of gaining more physical space.
  • Allow for more programming to occur under one roof vs. renting space at an off-site location to accommodate classes of artists.
  • Allow for its “Around the World” Summer Camp to be held on-site vs. an alternative location, and in an area specially designed for young campers, with dedicated lunch space and outdoor play area.
  • Additional ADA-approved restrooms.

Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 artists of varying abilities weekly. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as the inclusive Art Around the World summer camp, Summer Studio for older teens and young adults, Artlink mentorship program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness Program and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work. The end result is that a formerly stigmatized population, through the art it creates and sells, demystifies stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities and creates a culture of acceptance throughout the community.

“We need to raise $100,000 for our build out and are currently a quarter of the way there thanks to the generosity of one anonymous donor.”

There are various levels of giving, all of which can be personally shaped to a specific interest, to honor an individual, or support an area of our programming that speaks to the donor. Donation options are included, but not limited to:

  • Artist studio naming rights.
  • Outdoor kiln shed naming rights.
  • Naming rights for an outdoor garden area with picnic tables and pergola.
  • Artist/staff kitchen naming rights.
  • Art supply storage room naming rights.
  • Youth Arts Classroom naming rights.

If you’d like to learn more about Creative Clay, take a tour of our studios and gallery, meet our artists or craft a donation plan, please contact CEO Kim Dohrman at 727.825.0515 or via e-mail at kim@creativeclay.org.

Your donation supports the purchase of art supplies, visiting teaching artists, and community arts outings. Make a difference in an artist’s life by supporting a Creative Clay member artist, student artist or summer camper.

Creative Clay Good Folk Society 2016-17:

Dee and Sal Perconti
Joseph Buscher
Norm and Mirella Smith
Sue Nichols
Sean Kennedy
Sean McConnell
Karen Helsinger
Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky
Kyle Hickey
David Harris
Matt Westerman
Sherloq Group
Anonymous

Creative Clay Good Folk Society 2015-16:

Dee and Sal Perconti
Joseph Buscher
Les and Betty Scott
Norm and Mirella Smith
Sue Nichols
Lari Averbeck

2016-17 Funders

Pinellas County School Board
City of St. Petersburg
Division of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida
Duke Energy
White Family Foundation
Pinellas Community Foundation
Creative Pinellas
Legends Hospitality, LLC
Leadership Pinellas Class of 2017
Tampa Connection Class of 2017
Rotary Club of St. Petersburg
Indian Rocks Rotary Club

2015-16 Funders

Pinellas County School Board
National Endowment for the Arts
City of St. Petersburg
Division of Cultural Affairs, Culture Builds Florida
Duke Energy
Perconti Data Systems
White Family Foundation
Pinellas Community Foundation
Legends Hospitality, LLC
Pinellas Cultural Foundation
Rotary Club of St. Petersburg
Indian Rocks Rotary Club
Publix Charitable Foundation
Bright House Networks (In Kind)

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